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Developing strategies in Asia Pacific has never been greater with the pharmaceutical industry continuing to take big strides in the market. With top pharma companies heading East, countries like India, China and Singapore continue to attract major investments in R&D and manufacturing

Building on the success of our long running European Pre-Filled Syringes conference series, SAE Media Group is proud to present our inaugural Pre-Filled Syringes Asia Pacific conference.

In this rapidly emerging market, an increasing number of pharmaceutical companies are packaging their drugs in prefilled syringe systems rather than vials. Offering a major advantage through simple administration, safety and cost savings for patient use, PFS is less prone to mix-ups compared with other forms of parenteral packaging. As a result of these improved costs, PFS is increasing on a truly global nature and with developments in new biotech and expensive drugs, there has never been a greater emphasis on the developing markets to discuss strategies to overcome barriers and maximise the commercial growth opportunities in Asia-Pacific.

As part of our expert speaker line-up, the Chairmen for this event will be Rae Lee Manufacturing Supervisor, Roche Singapore and Sok Tiang Koh, Regional Marketing Director, West Pharmaceutical Services 

Pre-Filled Syringes Asia Pacific offers delegates and sponsors alike a unique opportunity to debate and overcome critical challenges that high level decision makers and buyers face in the pharmaceutical industry.

This unique forum provides an essential overview of the key attributes of PFS Asia Pacific, offering a fantastic environment to network, forge partnerships and keep abreast of the latest commercial opportunities in developing and incorporating new technologies, regional regulations and strategies for expanding PFS opportunities.

Attend this conference to hear top industry leaders discuss:

  • Discover the commercial opportunities in the emerging PFS Asian market
  • Understand the current market considerations in selection of packaging components
  • Meet the growing demand for PFS in local manufacturing
  • Get to grips with regulatory  trends and experiences
  • Combat contamination risks with sterile manufacturing

Chief Executives, Chief Scientific Officers, Vice Presidents, Heads, Directors, Principal Scientists and Managers in the following areas:

  • Business Development
  • Chemistry, Manufacturing, Controls
  • Commercial Operations
  • Contract Management and Partnering
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Drug Device Process Development
  • Drug Device Safety
  • Drug Product Process Development
  • Formulation & Aseptic Filling Technologies
  • Industrial Development
  • Labelling
  • Manufacturing
  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Packaging Development
  • Parenterals
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Product/Pharmaceutical Design & Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Safe Medication Practice

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rae Lee

Rae Lee, Manufacturing Supervisor, Roche Singapore

9:10 Formulation development of nanoparticle using spray drying technique

Aftab  Alam

Aftab Alam, Research Scholar,Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard New-Delhi

  • Cellular uptake studies: Effect of different sugar based polymeric redispersible spray dried nanoparticles encapsulating COX-2
    inhibitor as an antiangiogenic drug in breast cancer (MCF-7) cell line
  • 9:50 Production processes and machinery: Trends and overview

    Dale Charlton

    Dale Charlton, Business Development Director, Optima Pharma

    • Trends in processing pre-filled syringes
    • In process weighing control for prefilled syringes - what is available on the market
    • Transition to vials: the true cost of production
    • New developments - syringe filling machines

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Recent Trends in Plastic Prefillable Syringe and Vial Systems for Biopharmaceutical Drug Delivery

    Vinod Vilivalem

    Vinod Vilivalem, Director of Strategic Market and Technical Development, West Pharmecuatical Services Inc

  • Cyclic olefin polymers and Flurotec elastomers
  • Recent trends in the use of newer plastics for delivering mAbs, proteins and vaccines.
  • Solve challenges associated with glass prefilled syringes, including breakage and the reactivity and leachables like silicone, tungsten and glue.
  • Market and scientific needs for plastic prefillable syringes for biopharmaceutical drugs and high viscosity formulations.
  • Plastic vials for break resistant, less reactive and cold temperature storage/transport containers for biologics and stem cells.
  • 11:40 OmniflexCP Fluoropolymer Coated Plungers - Technical Performance

    Renaud  Janssen

    Renaud Janssen, Global Director of Scientific Affairs, Helvoet Pharma Belgium

    • Why coated syringe plungers ?
    • Extractables & Leachables behaviour
    • Gliding behaviour
    • Plunger/barrel seal integrity
    • PFS plunger standardization: an update

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Quality by Design Concept for Sterile Plungers for Prefilled Syringes

    Damien Saleur

    Damien Saleur, Technical Support Manager, Stelmi

  • Advantages  of  gamma  irradiation  as  a  sterilization  means  for  primary  packaging components
  • Special preparation for sterile packaging items to obtain a level of quality compatible with aseptically packaged pharmaceutical productions.
  • Key points to consider: a manufacturing process ensuring a high level of particulate and  microbiological  cleanliness  ;  a  validation  procedure  enabling  to  guarantee  the sterility of components.
  • 14:30 Key Considerations in Selection of Packaging Components and Devices for PFS system

    Sok Tiang Koh

    Sok Tiang Koh, Regional Marketing Director, West Pharmaceutical Services Singapore Pte Ltd

    • Concern in the industry over leachables and extractables of packaging components
    • Safety concerns in use of PFS
    • Choice of devices

    15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One Followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Sok Tiang Koh

    Sok Tiang Koh, Regional Marketing Director, West Pharmaceutical Services Singapore Pte Ltd

    9:10 Pre-fillable Syringes for the highest quality requirements - a look at materials, processes and services

    Tobias Nemeth

    Tobias Nemeth, Product Manager Syringes, SCHOTT forma vitrum

    • Materials: SCHOTT Fiolax(R) premium glass tubing
    • Processes: Production process resulting in a high quality product and the subsequent monitoring in-process controls
    • SCHOTT TopPac(R) - the polymer alternative to glass, made of high-quality COC. A look at special applications utilizing the special material properties.
    • SCHOTT Pharma Services offers accredited lab services and expertise based on more than 125 years of glass knowledge.

    9:50 Interactive Panel Discussion

    • How to define a product
    • How to register these products ready for development
    • How far can product development go?
    • Defining differences in regional legislations

    Dale Charlton

    Dale Charlton, Business Development Director, Optima Pharma

    Sok Tiang Koh

    Sok Tiang Koh, Regional Marketing Director, West Pharmaceutical Services Singapore Pte Ltd

    Takao Ishida

    Takao Ishida, Sr Quality Manager, Biogen IDEC Japan Ltd

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Regulatory Considerations in Japan

    Takao Ishida

    Takao Ishida, Sr Quality Manager, Biogen IDEC Japan Ltd

    • Design modifications for pen injectors in the Japanese market
    • Japanese specific customer requirement
    • Visual inspection for the Japanese market

    11:40 Using PFS for developing innovative research Incorporating PFS in oncology discovery

    Mahesh Choolani

    Mahesh Choolani, Senior Consultant and Associate Professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University Hospital

    • Innovative local research  
    • Point of Care diagnostic device utilising pre-filled syringes in the design

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Capa Valve in Prefilled Syringes

    Kevin Abbott

    Kevin Abbott, Inventor, Capa Valve

    • History of the Capa Valve
    • Benefits of the valve in PFS
    • Compliance overview of device
    • Future growth of the Capa Valve worldwide

    14:30 Syringe Labeling - Beyond Packaging

    Rajesh Pantsachiv

    Rajesh Pantsachiv , Market Manager Pharmaceutical - Asia Pacific | Label & Packaging Materials, Avery Dennison

  • Considerations with packaging in drug industry
  • Common issues and concern with syringe labeling and how to overcome them
  • Anti-counterfeiting and anti-tempering solution for pre-filled syringes
  • Track and traceability in pharmaceutical industry
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two Followed by Afternoon Tea


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    Overlooking the historic Singapore River, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore is a premier five star conference hotel where luxurious elegance and contemporary style go hand in hand. Our luxury hotel in Singapore lets you experience the best of what the city has to offer. It is ideally located within easy reach of the Central Business District and the waterfront precincts of Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay with their lively dining and entertainment venues.


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